Family Prayer is one of the most natural of human instincts. Prayer is communication with God; it is exploring the mind of God; it is placing ourselves in God’s hands; it is talking with God; it is spending time with God.
Prayer is the means by which God’s power is released into human life. Are prayers always answered? YES, they are!, Though not always in just the way that we anticipate.
There are five (5) distinct aspects of prayer: Adoration; Confession; Intercession; Petition; and Thanksgiving. By using all of these your prayer-life will be fully rounded.
Our Book of Common Prayer has two sets of Family Prayer found on pages 587 – 593. They are divided into Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. It is best to use Morning Prayer when the family is praying together before Noon and Evening Prayer when praying together in the afternoon and evening. If you are rushed for time you will find a shorter form of each on pages 592 and 593.
Begin family prayer time with a few moments of complete silence. Then always follow this silence with the Lord’s Prayer followed by the collect for the day. The collect for the day is always the collect for the previous Sunday.
Use the following schedule for Family Prayer through the month of May:
April 29 – May 5, 2012: The Collect for Easter III on page 173 of the BCP. Psalms for the week are: Sun. 36; Mon. 85; Tues. 86; Wed. 89; Thurs. 91 Fri. 94; and Sat. 99.
May 6 – May 12, 2012: The Collect for Easter IV on page 174 of the BCP. Psalms for the week are: Sun. 116; Mon. 110; Tues. 124; Wed. 128; Thurs. 132; Fri. 143; and Sat. 146.
May 13 – May 19, 2012: The Collect for Easter V (Rogation Sunday) on page 175 of the BCP. Psalms for the week are: Sun. 65; Mon. 104; Tues. 80; Wed. 144; Ascension Day 96; Fri. 15, and Sat. 45.
May 20 – May 26, 2012: The Collect for the Sunday after Ascension on page 179 of the BCP. Psalms for the week are: Sun. 24; Mon. 2; Tues. 92; Wed. 21; Thurs. 66; Fri. 115; and Sat. 81.
May 27 – June 2, 2012: The Collect for Whitsunday/Pentecost on page 180 of the BCP. Psalms for the week are: Sun. 68; Mon. 139; Tues. 148; Wed. 132; Thurs. 48; Fri. 122; and Sat. 19.
Always remember: “Prayer is the means by which God’s power is released into our human life.” It is a law of God and God’s laws are dependable. “